Here are ten points to consider when playing poker. While all of these points apply in face to face poker games, some of these do not apply to internet poker because software controls will prevent you for making these mistakes. Go through some typical poker mistakes, so you wont do same mistakes again.For example, you can’t bid out of turn when you’re playing on-line. is listing just the most wanted pokerrooms, find your real money poker games, news and tournament highlights and play texas holdem online.

When it’s your turn, act in a reasonable timeframe

“Reasonable” is subjective in this case so I can’t really tell you that a hand should take 30 seconds or 60 seconds. If you have nothing, it’s OK to “act” like you really had something good but decided to fold, and take a little time in doing so. Don’t be excessively long, and don’t do it on every turn. When faced with big decisions, such as facing an all in raise, reasonable time is much longer than say when just checking in the big blind position.

Don’t call the clock too quickly

In a face to face tournament for example, any player can call a clock on another player, even if they are not involved in the current hand. Calling the clock means that you’re forcing a player to make a decision within a certain amount of time, usually 1 minute or less. Don’t call the clock just for the heck of it. If a player is faced with a big decision, like when facing an all-in call, it’s only normal that it may take them a little more time than usual. Be reasonable and patient. If on the other hand, a player is constantly taking a long time to play, then that’s annoying for all the other players so it’s OK to call the clock on them. Also, when people take too much time and hold up the action, remember that the timer for the next blind level doesn’t slow down for anyone. It means you’ll play less hands for every blind level, and that’s no fun!

Be polite

It’s OK to vent, to be frustrated or disappointed with a hand that has gone bad. Just don’t take it out on the people around you. Poker is a social game. Nobody likes a baby throwing a tantrum at the poker table! Some people use intimidation tactics at the table to influence other players. Tony G, a professional poker player from Australia is the king when it comes to being a poker bully and he’s not polite. He’s in your face. All the time! That is the prime example of what not to do. It’s a strategy that works for him, but I personally do not think its good sportsmanship. It creates a negative image on poker and I don’t support this tactic at all.

Play in turn

If you act before it’s your turn, you’re helping out the player that goes before you. For example, if Player A raises and you announce all in before Player B had the chance to say what he would do, you’ve played out of turn and given an advantage to player B. Maybe he was going to reluctantly call Player A’s raise, but now that he knows you’ll be reraising, maybe he’ll fold instead. The opposite can happen too. If you fold before it’s your turn, you’ve indicated that you have a weak hand and it may be just enough to keep someone else in the end when they would have normally folded.

Don’t expose your cards while a hand is being played.

Never expose your cards until the hand is over. It’s that simple. If you go all in pre-flop and you are the short stack, and two other players call, DO NOT show your card. This hand is not over yet. While you have committed all your chips and can no longer act, there’s a couple of betting rounds to come and the other two players will likely want to bet some more. If a player had 7-7 for example, and you had shown an A-7 before the hand was done, this will influence the play of the person holding the two sevens. Even if you folded during the hand, keep your cards to yourself. If for any reason a card is exposed, the dealer will ensure that everyone involved in the hand is aware of what card what exposed.

Don’t take chips off the table

Leave your chips neatly stacked in front of you and on the table so that other players can see them clearly. It’s always important to know where you stand in terms of chip count, but also where other players are at. You need to allow others to estimate your current chip count so no hiding black chips under the table!

If you’re not in the hand, silence is golden

If you want to say something about what is going on, wait till the hand is over. Any comment from you could influence the action of other players who are still in the hand, whether you intended to or not. Just wait patiently until the hand is done and then say what you have to say.

Never abuse the dealer or other players

When you’re not getting good cards, or your opponents are sucking out when statistically you had the advantage, it’s not the dealer’s fault. If you can’t accept the randomness of poker and feel you have to take out your anger on the dealer, or on anyone else for that matter, then find another hobby. Poker isn’t your game. I say this because you will face bad beats. That’s unavoidable. You can start out with A-A and loose to three of a kind, a lucky flush or straight, etc. It happens every day and it will happen to you. When it does, control your temper.

Never “splash” the pot

Splashing the pot means chucking your chips in the current pot when you call or raise. Why is this not acceptable? Well, if you are calling a $100 raise, the dealer wants to be able to count that you’ve actually produced $100 in chips. When you throw a bunch of chips in the center pile, it makes it very difficult to count them. The proper way to do it is simply to slide your chips in front of you and wait for the betting round to be complete. Then, the dealer will push your chips in the pot for you, or you can do it yourself when not playing with a dealer.

Don’t offer or request assistance from other players

Although it’s important and fun to introduce new players to poker, a cash game isn’t the best of places to give out lessons. A good place to learn is online with play money, or with friends around a table in a friendly home game. If you’re new to poker yourself, don’t try to learn the game at a casino because it’s going to be an expensive lesson! If you do need assistance while playing, then ask your dealer. If you are inexperienced and are unsure about reading your hand, let the dealer do it for you, don’t’ ask for assistance from another player.

When you show your cards, show them to everyone

After a hand, if you decide to show a card, or all your cards, don’t just show them to one person. Show them to everyone. When you show cards, you’re giving out information about how your style of play. It’s only fair that everyone gains this information. For more poker articles and strategies, please visit